Bodies of five members of a family were found in their house in Alipur Tehsil of Muzaffargarh.
Police identified the deceased as Muhammad Imran, his wife Saira Bibi, and their three daughters, two-year-old Hasiba, four-year-old Husna and seven-year-old Haniya. Saira Bibi and her three daughters had their throats slit while Imran was found hanging from the ceiling with his hands tied.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case under provisions of murder on the complaint of the father of late Saira Bibi.
The burial of the family took place in Alipur on Wednesday. According to the neighbours, Muhammad Imran had married Saira about 10 years ago.
They said that their marriage had been marred by frequent fights and quarrels.
Muhammad Imran had worked hard to support his family, but despite the hard work they were seemed to be having a hard time having ends meet.
People said that the frequency of fight between the couple had increase recently, and the two had had a quarrel a night before their deaths. Family sources also confirmed that the couple had been having frequent quarrels recently.
Police are examining the incident from all angles, said a spokesperson. Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of this tragic incident and demanded a report. He said that this tragic incident should be investigated from every angle so that facts could be brought to light.
The chief minister said that if it was a case of murder then perpetrators must be brought justice, and if it was a case of suicide facts should be brought to light.
As soon as the incident was reported, the DPO of Muzaffargarh and Deputy Commissioner Ali Annan Qamar rushed to the spot. Besides, a heavy contingent of police and rescue teams also arrived at site of the incident.
Forensic teams collected evidence from the house of the victims and had the bodies shifted to the THQ Hospital. According to the police, the case appeared to be an incident of murder-cum-suicide in which the man killed his wife and daughters and then had himself hung. However, the case was being examined from all angles. In January this year, Lahore had been shocked by a quadruple murder case.
A lady doctor, her son and two daughters had been shot dead at night in their house in Kahna. The victim, Naheed Mubarak, 45, had set up a clinic at her house at LDA Avenue. Naheed, her son, Taimoor, 21, and daughters, Mahnoor, 16, and Jannat Fatima, eight, were found dead at their home in the morning.
The victims had bullet injuries from a 30-bore handgun. All the victims were found dead in the bedroom of their house. As the information of the murder was received, heavy contingent of police rushed to the spot. Police teams and forensic experts collected evidence from the crime scene. The SSP (Investigations) had said a police team headed by the Model Town investigations SP had been formed to inquire into the matter. He said police were using technological means to identify the killers. Initial police investigations suggested that the victims were murdered at night and the killer was an acquaintance of the family. Investigators said the police had spotted a grey car being parked outside the house at 12:47am.
A person had stepped out of the vehicle and went into the house, after which the car stayed there for about two hours. Police had said they had been analysing the CCTV footage and Punjab Safe Cities Authority cameras to identify the suspect.
A neighbor, who had gone to the house to turn on a water pump early in the morning, found the family members dead. He reported the matter to the police on the emergency helpline. The police took the bodies to a hospital for postmortem.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2022.
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